• Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens County Health Departments will open on a 2-HOUR DELAYED basis on Thursday, February 11th due to continued hazardous road conditions.

  • Alert Update: Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens County Health Departments will be CLOSED today, Wednesday, February 10th due to hazardous weather conditions.

  • The North Georgia Health District office in Dalton, GA and Public Health Departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties will Delay Opening by 2 Hours today, Wednesday, February 10th, due to hazardous weather conditions. This includes Environmental Health offices and WIC and Children's Public Health services. 

  • ALERT UPDATE 2: Pickens County Health Department in Jasper, GA will now CLOSE at 5 PM today, Tuesday, February 9th due to hazardous weather conditions.

  • Alert Update: Public Health Departments in Cherokee, Gilmer, Murray and Whitfield Counties will CLOSE early at 6 PM today, Tuesday, February 9th due to hazardous weather conditions. Fannin County Health Department will remain closed. 

  • Fannin County Health Department will be CLOSED today, Tuesday, February 9th, due to hazardous weather conditions. This includes Environmental Health and all WIC and Children's health services in Fannin County. 

  • The Pickens County Health Department in Jasper, GA will remain closed on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, for continued work on repairs to a broken water line. The health department is scheduled to reopen on Thursday, February 16.

    The Pickens County Environmental Health Office WILL be OPEN on Wednesday.


  • Go Red for Women
    "One challenge for women is that their heart disease symptoms can be different from symptoms in men.  Fortunately, women can take steps to understand their unique symptoms of heart disease and to begin to reduce their risk," said Dr. Kimberly Redding, Director of DCH's Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs.  "Women and men can decrease their chances of heart disease by adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes a diet of lean meats and poultry, low-fat dairy products, lower salt, sugar and alcohol intake and incorporating physical activity into their daily routine."  Read More...
  • Youth Summit - March 5th
  • H1N1 FLU SHOT CLINIC AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF ELLIJAY


    Gilmer H1N1 Flu Shot Clinic flyer
    (click for printable version)
    THE GILMER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL CONDUCT AN H1N1 (SWINE FLU) FLU SHOT CLINIC AT THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF ELLIJAY ON TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2010 FROM 3 TO 6 P.M. THE CLINIC WILL BE HELD FOR PEOPLE AGES 6 MONTHS AND OLDER.

    PARENTS, PLEASE REMEMBER, CHILDREN UNDER AGE 10 WHO RECEIVED AN INITIAL H1N1 FLU SHOT NEED A SECOND DOSE!


    THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL PROVIDE THE VACCINE AT NO CHARGE TO PATIENTS. HOWEVER, AN ADMINISTRATIVE FEE MAY BE CHARGED THROUGH MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND STATE HEALTH BENEFIT PLANS FOR UNITED HEALTH CARE AND CIGNA. SERVICE WILL BE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

    FOR MORE DETAILS, PLEASE CALL THE GILMER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AT (706) 635-4363.
  • Wear Red DayFebruary 5th − Wear Red Day
    Support Women’s Heart Health

    February is American Heart Month and the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) is stressing the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to decrease the chances of developing heart disease. In recognition of American Heart Month, DCH is encouraging employees to participate in National Wear Red Day on February 5th to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

    Inspire those around you to support the fight against heart disease by wearing red!
  • The next Freedom From Smoking Class will be held in Dalton at Bryman's Plaza in the North Georgia Health District Conference Room on March 9, 2009 at 6:00 p.m

    Freedom From Smoking is a 7- week, 8-session free program founded by the American Lung Association that teaches you the skills to become a non-smoker. You will be asked to pay a $50 deposit, which will be returned to you after successful attendance of all of the sessions. The program teaches skills in developing an individual quitting plan, identifying the triggers that lead you to smoke, and how to deal with recovery symptoms.

    For many tobacco users, especially those who have tried to quit before, group support can make the difference in helping to stay tobacco free.

    Class size is limited to the first 10 people who register. For more information or to register, call 706-272-2939.

     


  • GET YOUR SHOES ON AND START WALKING!

    The spring session of  "Walk Georgia, Move More, Live More" is now open for registration but will close on March 9th so hurry and register. Go to www.walkgeorgia.org to be a part of this fitness program. Even if you participated in the fall session, you will need to re-register to participate again.  Individuals or teams of four people may register and participate.

    This spring session of WALK GEORGIA will run from March 1st -April 25, 2009, so be sure to track your activity during those dates at www.walkgeorgia.org

    Walk Georgia is a free, online fitness program sponsored by the UGA Cooperative Extension. For more information, contact your local extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or visit www.ugaextension.com or email the help desk for assistance at walkga@uga.edu.  Join us as we "tour" the state and GET MOVING!

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    The Northwest GA Breastfeeding Coalition 
    presents
    Breastfeeding Answers with Nancy Mohrbacher
    Wednesday, March 25, 2009. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m.

    This seminar is for any healthcare professional who works with breastfeeding moms!
  • Below are the latest product recalls from the FDA due to the Salmonella outbreak:

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  •      Local environmental health officials announced today that a raccoon in Gilmer County tested positive for rabies.
         Andrea Wheeler of the Gilmer County Environmental Health Department reported that on January 24, 2009, a raccoon entered a residential yard on Craigtown Road, which is located about two and a half miles off Highway 52 West in Ellijay. The raccoon displayed aggressive behavior as it chased the homeowner’s dog, and then the raccoon ran to the neighbor’s home where the neighbor shot and killed it.
  • Winter weather can create a crisis for you and your family, and north Georgia may soon experience some severe winter conditions . . .
     
    BE PREPARED!
     
    Along with plenty of blankets and warm clothing, make sure you have an emergency kit that includes a battery-operated radio in case the power goes down. Also, have enough food and water to last several days for each family member and pet. Remember to prepare properly for friends and relatives with special needs!  

    For more information about preparing your family for emergency and which supplies to include in your emergency kit, please visit the Emergency Preparedness page.

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